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At exactly midnight last night, Chai died. He was about 9-10 years old, which for a purebred cat (especially a Rex) is getting pretty old. He'd clearly not been feeling good for a few weeks, but nothing serious until about two days ago. We think he had a small stroke, followed by progressive systemic failure; by the time it was clear there was something major wrong he could hardly breathe and didn't last more than a couple of hours. He didn't seem to be in any significant pain, or anything, but as far as I can tell he actually died of respiratory failure, and he did have to struggle to breathe for the last few hours. If there'd been a way to cut that short once it was clear he wasn't going to make it, we'd have done it, but even trying to get him to a vet would probably have agitated him enough to have killed him more unpleasantly, given his reaction to being carried upstairs.

It was hard to have to watch, but Amy and I loved on him as carefully as we could, and tried to keep him comfortable and as calm as possible. And cried a lot, of course. I wasn't nearly as close to him as I have been to other cats, but he was a really affectionate cat who loved attention from anyone and I did care an awful lot about him. We actually got him from staje, years ago, when he was just too high-input and intrusive for her aging dog to handle.

He was a booger, and a good cat, and I'll miss him. I cuddled the other two boys (Bo and Gandalf) a lot last night, and am still feeling prone to wanting to cry this morning. It wasn't a surprise exactly, as we knew he was getting old and had been sort of crotchety for a couple of years now, and with his breed's issues and his heart murmur we knew he wasn't going to live to be really old, but even so...

Current Mood: sadsad


I'm sorry for your loss.

Be well, and hug all your little ones and mates.

midnight last night,

my condolences,..o.o

Awwww. I'm sorry to hear about this, honey. :( *hugs*

*hugs* I'm sorry, sweetness.

*hugstight* I'm very sorry for your loss...

Im so sorry, honey. *hugs*

I'm sorry.

Awww, poor kitty. I'm sorry.

So sorry to hear that. *Hugs* for the both of you.

Oh damn. *rubs eyes* He was a very good cat. I'm glad he didn't suffer (much).


From me too! :\

Oh, honey. :( Poor kitty! I'm so sorry.

Sorry to hear about what happened to Chai. Hopefully you have many wonderful memories to carry you through these painful days.

His ~angel~

OMG...*sobbing*...I'm so sorry, I can't believe it.

Chai was a sweet cat. I'm sorry to hear that he's gone, but happy he got to live out his life in a home that tolerated his quirks.

Aw, so sad. He was so cool to pet too. Heartfelt sympathies.

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All three of us, really. I'm just the one who looks at the clock around 11, looks at Chai, and becomes convinced for no apparent reason that he's going to wait until midnight. But they knew him longer, and better, and I deal with things dying (be they pets or people) somewhat differently.

I keep thinking there's something else to be said, but I can't figure out what it is, so I'll leave it at that.

I'm so sorry to hear this.

*huge hugs*

:( *sympathies*


Aw. I'm sorry to hear that -- Chai was the Rex you had when I was staying at your place when I first came out the Bay Area, right? He was a lovely cat.

"hugs* to both of you. So sorry to hear.

*hugs and condolences*

at least he died cared for and loved...